Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How are YOU Defined?

When other's look at you, they make a decision you. They decide who you are, what you like, and what kind of person you are from the first moment that they lay eyes on you. It's not their fault, really. We are all guilty of pre-judging someone based on what we first see.

We are even guilty of judging ourselves based on what we see in the mirror.

This next video is a great illustration of how we are often wrong on our conclusions. Not only on the conclusions that we draw against someone else, or the conclusion they draw about us, but even on what we think about ourselves.

We here at InvestingTheRightWay.com believe that there is only one who truly knows us. And He loves us so much that He gave His life for us. Son since others will be wrong about us, and since we will even often be wrong about ourselves, shouldn't we not live our lives to the fullest? After all, it is the only way that we can truly achieve the true potential that lies within us all.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

There are much bigger things than football....

What do you do if you are the coach of a High School football team and decide your team is not behaving like the young men they need to be? How about suspending the entire football team...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What Would You Do? Anti-Muslim Store Patron Speaks Up In Store

ABC has this show called What Would You Do. They set of events in front of unsuspecting people to try and determine how real people would react to various situations. In this case, a person at the counter of a deli begins to call a muslim man a terrorist. Watch what happens when people hear/see the exchange, and then ask yourself what would you do.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Break in goes right

If I told you that someone broke into your store, you would automatically wonder what they took and what they destroyed. But you would be wrong in this case. 4 Football players from William Patterson University wandered into a local convenience store called Buddy's Small Lots, only to discover it was closed and nobody was around.

The store owner says the place was half lit and had a faulty door lock.

When the owner took a look at the security footage afterwards, she was stunned. The four footballers totaled up their sale and left the cash on the counter. She then in turn looked them up and gave them a $50 credit to her store.


Saturday, July 27, 2013

...and the greatest of these is love...

You don't have to be a Christian to appreciate the truth found in the words of 1 Corinthians 13. It talks about how Love is the most powerful gift that we could own, or give away. How everything else is pretty much useless. How any possession that you could own, is worthless if you don't have love.

And love was meant to be given away.

The last lines of the book say the following, "Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love."

Think about that as you watch the below news story. But grab a tissue before you do. (Sorry iPhoners. It's a flash movie. So you may need to use something else.)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Compositional Rule of Christianity

You have heard this expression before. Garbage in/garbage out. You put junk into something, you're going to get junk out. Want some examples? Try this...

I hate my job and my boss reminds me a feminine hygiene product like one would use on a summer's eve. My day just drags by and I find myself only doing what I have to in order to make it to the end of the day.

I never get a promotion, a raise, or even a day off on my birthday. My anger eventually gets to the point where I do something that causes me to lose my job, and I don't dare list my previous job as a reference because I know what they will say.

In an effort to fit in with the "in crowd" my language choice turn to the crude. I know every 4 letter word, and have used them all. I have even invented a few combinations that made my friends laugh.

I use it so often that I don't even notice what I am saying. As a result I am viewed as less than professional on my job and that affects my future there. The spouse I choose uses bad language almost as often as me because those types of behavior tend to attract one another. A few years later, when we have kids, my toddler's first word was one that could not be uttered in a church. But I just think it's funny. I even end up getting a talking to by the Principal after the first day of preschool because my child has bad language issues. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree because of what I accidentally invested into my children. Whoops...

I run my own business. I work a lot. I decide to take a day off when I know there are things to be done, because I use excuse that I am the boss, and can do that from time to time.

Before you know it, I am "off" just as much as I am "working".  My business stops moving forward, and the income levels begin to decrease. By the time I realize that this is all my fault, my business has suffered to the point that it will take a while to rebuild. Not to mention that I have to recreate brand new work habits.

So I have made a decision in my life to cut back on the things that I know are negative in my life. I won't tell you what they are for fear that you will think I am being judgemental of something that you are doing. That is not the point. The point is that I want a deeper relationship with my Heavenly Father. If I am blessed in any part of my life, I have come to understand that is not because of my doing, skill, or understanding. It is because God loves me. Like I love my son.

The only way that I can have a better relationship with him, is by taking my focus off of worldly things that seem to garner so much of my attention.

It's kind of like photography. There is a compositional rule that teach my students called "Simplicity". The more stuff that you can remove from an image, the more focused on the actual subject the viewer becomes.

By following that same compositional rule to my faith, I will turn my attention to what it really needs to be on. I will replace my Garbage In/Garbage Out process, with a Good Thing In/Good Thing Out process. The more things that I can place into my life that lift my Father into the rightful position above me that He deserves, the more blessed and productive my life will be.